TOLEDO, OH — In Toledo today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined workers, local leaders, and community members at United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 12 to launch a community effort to keep the Jeep Wrangler made in Toledo. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, and Bruce Baumhower and Ken Lortz from UAW also attended the event.

“The Chrysler Assembly Plant is critical to Toledo and the state’s economy. Along with local leaders and workers, I am strongly committed to supporting the facility,” Brown said. “Toledo auto workers have the knowledge, skills, and work ethic needed to continue this success and ensure Jeep stays right here in Toledo. And I’m proud to stand with them today and every day.”

The Jeep Wrangler supports more than 1,700 jobs at the Chrysler Assembly Plant alone, and another 800 jobs within five miles of the complex. The Chrysler Assembly Plant – that has been building Jeeps since the 1940s – employs more than 6,000 workers and was twice recognized as the most efficient assembly plant in North America.

Earlier this month, Brown and Kaptur wrote to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, urging him to keep production in Toledo. Full text of the letter is here.

Brown has worked to bolster Ohio’s auto industry and encourage increased investment in the Chrysler Assembly Plant. In 2011, Brown called on the Chrysler Group to fully utilize the Toledo Assembly Complex by adding a new production line to the facility as part of the company’s planned 2011 expansion. In June 2011, Brown met with workers and toured the Chrysler Group’s Toledo Supplier Park with President Obama. Brown previously visited the Toledo Assembly Complex with Vice President Joe Biden in August 2010.

Prior to the auto rescue, only 55 percent of the parts in Chrysler’s Jeep Wrangler were made in America. As of 2012, 70 percent of the Jeep Wrangler is American-made – with many parts made in Ohio. The glass is made in Crestline, the steering column in Perrysburg, the seats in Northwood, the hard top in Carey, and cargo components in Holmesville.